Ws and Ls of Bengals playoff picture

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Here are the latest playoff scenarios as confirmed by the Elias Sports Bureau.

Here are the latest playoff scenarios as confirmed by the Elias Sports Bureau:

To gain the No. 2 seed, the 10-5 Bengals need a win over 8-7 Baltimore in their 1.p.m. game at Paul Brown Stadium afternoon and a win by 6-9 Buffalo in the 4:25 game at 11-4 New England. The Bengals would prevail in a two-way tiebreaker with New England because they defeated the Patriots, 13-6, at PBS on Oct. 6. The No. 2 seed sits out the Jan. 4-5 wild card round and hosts the higher seed to emerge from that round on either Jan. 11 or 12.

The Bengals tentatively hold the No. 3 seed over 10-5 Indianapolis, the AFC South champion, because they own the two-team tiebreaker, having defeated the Colts on Dec. 8 at PBS, 42-28. Indianapolis closes the season at home against 4-11 Jacksonville, and though the Colts could join the Bengals and New England in a three-way tie for second-best AFC record (at 11-5), the Bengals would prevail in that three-way tie because they have defeated both of the other teams.

If the Bengals stay at No. 3, they host the second wild card team and sixth seed Jan 4 or 5. Baltimore can clinch the sixth seed with a win over the Bengals plus a loss by 8-7 Miami (hosting the 7-8 Jets) and/or 8-7 San Diego (hosting 11-4 Kansas City). But if the Ravens lose to the Bengals, their only playoff route would be through a trifecta of losses by Miami, San Diego and 7-8 Pittsburgh. The Steelers, who began the season 0-4, could still cop the second wild card if they win vs. 4-11 Cleveland while Baltimore, Miami and San Diego all lose.

Should the Bengals fall to the No. 4 seed by losing ground to Indianapolis, they would host Kansas City in the wild card round Jan. 4 or 5. The Chiefs, though tied at 11-4 for the AFC’s second-best record, cannot beat out 12-3 Denver for the West Division title and thus can do no better than the first wild card.



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